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BrianW13 Mar 2017 11:48 p.m. PST

After thinking about it for a while, I've decided to start a gaming blog. I will be focusing on my 1/1200 scale sailing ships, since they are my longest-running miniatures period. I first started building ships and playing naval games back in high school during the early 1980's. I did leave myself a loophole though, as the blog description says "and other game things that attract my attention."

There's not a lot there right now; just a welcome and some pictures of my two latest ships. I'm putting together pages on rules and my different fleets, so there should be more content in the near future. If you'd like to drop by, the address is:

tomrommel114 Mar 2017 2:04 a.m. PST

nice start

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 4:32 a.m. PST

Beutiful work on the ships! I'm impressed by the rigging. Did you make the ratlines?

whitejamest14 Mar 2017 6:12 a.m. PST

A great model and a great start. I look forward to seeing more!

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

I wish you best of luck. I've been telling myself I was going to start a blog for several years now.

BrianW14 Mar 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Thanks for the encouragement everyone. All this time I've been thinking that I shouldn't say anything until I have more stuff ready to post. I finally realized that's a quick way to get nothing done in the end.

FusilierDan: Oh, goodness no! Those are the photo-etched ratline sets that Rod Langton sells. Not only do they help support the masts, they look much better than the fine mesh net that he used to sell. You'll see some of that as I post pictures of the older ships. The additional cost is small, but the effect of them is really great.

davbenbak: I've been saying that for a while too. After all, we probably spend 90% of our time painting, and only 10% actually playing with our toys. After reading people's blogs for years (Rob Avery over at is a real inspiration, as are some of our other TMP members), I finally decided to just jump in, so to speak.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

I like the ships!

Winston0114 Mar 2017 8:31 p.m. PST

I like the ships and nice pictures great blog.

Volunteer Fezian14 Mar 2017 10:08 p.m. PST

Beautiful models well painted and precisely rigged. Very impressive.

SgtPrylo15 Mar 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

Nice start, Brian! Very nice looking ships!

Jeff @WM

KTravlos15 Mar 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

Good start. You might not get a lot of comments so do not let that influence you.

BrianW15 Mar 2017 10:07 a.m. PST

Vol was very nice and commented over there. Strange as it sounds, I'm not really looking for comments per se. I simply want to show off my ship models as I don't get to play with them as much as I'd like. Oh, and convert people to the joys of naval wargaming, of course.

I'll try and have some more pictures up later this week. I actually have about 95 completed vessels.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Today clicking the link in the OP results in the message "blog has been removed". Already?

- Ix

BrianW15 Mar 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

No, it's still there. I misspelled the blog address, and had to change it. The new link is:

The old link was Oops.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Yay! I was hoping it was a simple error like that. :-)

- Ix

BrianW15 Mar 2017 5:40 p.m. PST

Yeah, kind of embarrassing. I didn't catch it until a day or so later.

Volunteer Fezian15 Mar 2017 9:31 p.m. PST

Thanks Brian for adding my link to your blog. I did the same for yours. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your 95 ships. You can post them here from your blog. And don't forget the Napoleonic Naval Painting Guide board too.

SgtPrylo16 Mar 2017 5:48 a.m. PST

Brian, thanks for putting a link to the WM store on the blog. I'll be back up and running soon.

Jeff @WM

BrianW16 Mar 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

You're very welcome. In fact, your blog is one of those that gave me the inspiration to get started. Since I have so many, I'm thinking about taking "family photos" of each country's fleet, and then maybe pulling out some individual ships for closer looks. I broke one of my photo lamps by pulling it off the table, but the replacement bulbs (yeah, plural) should be in today. And yes, I did forget about the Painting Guide board, but will remedy that with the next update.

You're also welcome. In fact, I've been hitting the site every couple of days, as I need to pick up some buildings and start putting together some city blocks.

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